When you think of the holidays, your brain might go to seasonal decor or your family’s traditions. But the thing everyone’s likely to think about is food. There’s an advent calendar for that.
We’re not talking about your standard advent calendars which typically have a piece of candy for every day leading up to Christmas—or even calendars full of fancy beauty products.
We’re talking cheese, wine, jam, and more for a full-on festive foodie celebration. Whether this advent calendar is for you, a family member, friend, or significant other, there’s a little something out there for any food and drink lover.
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect advent calendar, here are our picks for the best of the best food and drink options this year.
Do you have a jam or breakfast enthusiast in your life? Bonne Maman’s 2021 advent calendar features 24 days of jams perfect for your morning breakfasts leading up to Christmas. This year, there are a plethora of unique flavors, like raspberry rose, alongside staple items like blueberry and lemon. At under $35, it’s also an affordable find.
Bonne Maman 2021 Limited Edition Advent Calendar
Have the perfect holiday breakfasts with these spreads.
While this advent calendar only features 12 bottles, the bonus perk is that they’re larger. The Vintage Wine Estates calendar features merlot, cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, moscato, and others making it perfect for the wine connoisseur who loves all varieties. While most wine advent calendars feature minis that are typically 187 mls, these are 375 mls. If you’ve got more willpower than me, you can likely stretch this calendar through the whole month if you only drink half of each bottle at a time.
While not an official advent calendar, this collection of hot sauces from around the world can easily be made into a countdown. In the collection, you’ll find a garlic hot sauce from Italy, a molé-inspired flavor from Oaxaca, and a ghost pepper flavor from California. You might need to keep some milk nearby when you grab a hot sauce for your holiday countdown. But for those who love spice or have spice-lovers in their lives, it makes the perfect gift.
Thoughtfully Gifts, World Traveler Hot Sauce Gift Set
It's time to make things spicy.
Tea lovers, this one is for you (or your tea-obsessed loved one). DAVIDsTEAS’ advent calendar features 24 days of different loose leaf teas with different flavors daily. There are classic teas inside like green and black but also specialty blends like a salted caramel oolong. Whether you sip a cuppa in the morning or want a way to relax in the evenings, this advent calendar is the way to go.
DAVIDsTEA 24 Days of Tea Advent Calendar
Sit back and relax with a new tea each day.
Since the season is all about food, why not help the cooks in your life (or you) try a little something different with their nightly meals? Sutter Buttes is known for its olive oils, but this advent calendar features a little bit of everything. Yes, of course, there are flavored olive oils, but those celebrating advent can also snag items like Tuscan herb sea salt and cranberry balsamic vinegar.
Those who want a sweet treat and love to bake will adore this advent calendar. Unlike others that see a pre-prepared treat you can immediately snack on, this collection of surprises features tools for making cookies yourself. Inside the calendar, you’ll find ingredients like milk chocolate chips and peppermint, and you’ll also get tools like cookie cutters to make your holiday baking ultra-festive. Yes, of course, there are recipes as well.
Keurig has teamed up with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to bring fans a coffee advent calendar. While yes, you do need to be the proud owner of a Keurig to enjoy this calendar, if you do and you’re a coffee-lover, it’s perfect. You’ll get 24 different K-cups with six flavors that’ll be spread out over the entire month leading up to Christmas Day. For those who love a cup of coffee in the morning, this is definitely a festive way to get your caffeine fix.
Cheese lovers, rejoice! ALDI’s cheese advent calendar is back for 2021. The 24 days countdown includes a variety of cheese from brand Emporium and is a best-seller for the affordable retailer. While ALDI has yet to reveal all the details about what’s inside this year’s calendar, the brand did announce that they will be available in stores beginning Nov. 3. Yes, you do need to head into the physical store to pick this one up, so be sure to find your local ALDI and head in for a cheesy countdown.
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect advent calendar for you personal countdown or want to surprise a friend, one of these eight options is bound to be a hit.